The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon | Small Group Day Tour of the Famous Sites

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Reykjavík
Duration
11 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
All year
Minimum age:
5 years old

Discover some of Iceland's most celebrated treasures by exploring the Golden Circle and taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon. Adventure into untouched nature, cross tectonic plates and witness powerful geothermal activity with this tour of Iceland's most popular attractions. This tour is essential for all visitors as it includes Iceland's best-known natural phenomena: Geysir geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park and the world-famous Blue Lagoon.

The geothermal area of Haukadalur valley is the home of the Geysir hot spring. Although Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features other spectacular hot springs, such as Strokkur. The mighty Strokkur hot spring spouts columns of water up 15-20 metres every 5-10 minutes, making it a truly remarkable spectacle to behold. Make sure you remember to bring your camera and keep your finger on the shutter to capture this natural wonder.

The Geysir area is one part of a trio of scenic areas in Southern Iceland including Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir national park which make up the world-renowned Golden Circle. On this tour, you will also get to walk into an incredible volcanic crater called Kerið, which is a stop not to be missed.

The second part of the Golden Circle is the mighty waterfall, Gullfoss. The waterfall is located in the canyon of the river Hvítá which runs from the glacier Langjökull. Gullfoss waterfall is breathtakingly beautiful as it cascades in two steps down into a 32-metre crevice. If the conditions allow, you'll be able to stand close enough to feel the water spraying gently on your face and stand in awe at the raw power of mother nature.

Þingvellir national park is not only an incredibly beautiful area, but it is also historically significant and geographically unique. The national park is where the Vikings founded Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, in the year 930, the oldest still working parliament in the world. Þingvellir is also a place where the continental drift between two tectonic plates is happening, allowing you to stand in the middle of two continents moving away from each other. You can see evidence of this in the cracks and gorges in the region that are continuously ripping apart. 

The last stop on your tour before you head west again is the volcanic crater, Kerið. At approximately 6500 years old, Kerið is more than 55 metres deep, 170 metres wide and 270 metres across, making it a breathtaking experience to walk down into and around. Kerið is comprised of red volcanic rocks, green moss that grows on its sides, and the lake in the middle is filled with minerals which give the water a vivid aquamarine colour. This offers a great contrast of colours and highly impressive scenery. The craters waters will freeze over in winter but flow serenely in all other seasons. 

You will end the day at the world-famous Blue Lagoon, arriving there in the early afternoon for a relaxing time in the amazing hot geothermal waters. You'll get to spend 2 hours bathing in the tranquil azure waters of the Blue Lagoon before heading back to Reykjavík. Just remember to book your voucher beforehand and keep the information with you as you enter.  

Bring a camera, pack your swimsuit and don't miss out on seeing the pearls of Iceland on this day tour of the most famous sites. Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure today.

Included

English guide
Pickup & drop-off in Reykjavík
Entrance to the Kerið Crater

Activities

Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Geysir
Gullfoss
Þingvellir
Hveragerði
Kerið

What to bring

Warm clothes
Good hiking shoes
Swimsuit
Camera

Good to know

You will need to reserve the Blue Lagoon in advance on the Blue Lagoon website. The tour reaches the Lagoon just before 17:00 and departs from there at 19:00.

If tickets to the Blue Lagoon are not available on their website, please let your tour provider know as soon as possible, no later than 48 hours before your tour departure, as they can in many cases supply standard tickets to the Blue Lagoon.

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